Feature Flick: Nissan Teases 2013 Pathfinder in Latest Videos

The slow tease continues for the Nissan Pathfinder concept, due to be unveiled at the Detroit show next week. Unlike the lone teaser photo released a few weeks ago, this time we get to see a pair of videos that show off parts of the front and rear ends.

The first video reveals the front end, as a light pans across its surface to reveal slanted-in rectangular headlights and a new grille design. The bottom of the grille connects with the headlights to form an angle similar to, though less dramatic than, the Nissan Murano, which the Pathfinder will likely share certain components with. As we previously reported, the next-gen Pathfinder is expected to be based on the recently-announced Infiniti JX35, which itself is based on the same platform that underpins the Murano.  Like the JX, the Pathfinder will likely get seven-passenger seating to further differentiate the model from the smaller Murano.

The second video is even more mysterious than the first, showing the crossover’s rear end from an angle rather than head-on. The bumper looks thin, appearing to protrude just barely outward. The rear liftgate looks a bit curvy where the roof meets the glass, but is otherwise pretty nondescript. We can’t see the full shape of the taillights, but they appear slender with an angled inner edge. Thought Nissan says it’s incorporated some of the Pathfinder’s traditional SUV design elements into this concept, that’s not very apparent around back.

Still, we can see a bit of old-school Pathfinder influence in the front, with the rugged yet sleek headlight and grille treatment. While its hardware certainly deviates from the traditional Pathfinder formula, the concept bound for Detroit may still showcase some hardcore SUV DNA in its design. We’ll know for sure next week when the vehicle is fully unveiled.

Source: Nissan

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